EC’s decision a setback to Imran Khan

The 65-year-old Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf  (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan, who is  set to become Pakistan’s next prime minister after being nominated by his party,  today received a setback after Election Commission’s decidion.

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has allowed him conditionally to take oath as member of the National Assembly. This was due to withheld of his victory notifications from two constituencies and declared him winner from three others from where he contested in the July 25 general elections. He contested and won from five constituencies. He was allowed to take oath as member of the National Assembly from one of the three constituencies subject to the decision of the ECP in the pending case of violation of the election code of conduct against him.

However, it was not yet clear whether Khan can take oath as Pakistan’s next prime minister, intending to take on August 14. As per Pakisthan’s electoral laws, only those candidates can take oath as members of the National Assembly whose notification of success has been issued and their names published in the official gazette.

Notification from Lahore seat has been stayed on the order of Lahore High Court and from Islamabad due to pending case about allegation of violation of code of conduct as he stamped his ballot paper in front of TV cameras and violated secrecy. Khan is facing violation of code of conduct case for using inappropriate language during election campaign. In case of conviction by the ECP, Khan will be disqualified from all seats.

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